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The work of a great educator extends beyond the classroom. Teachers have a commitment to equity and social justice. They respond to the needs of their students and the community. They’re dedicated to the vocation of teaching and learning.

At St. Norbert College, your development as a culturally competent teacher occurs at the intersection of theory and practice. Beginning in your first year, you’ll be immersed in multiple structured experiences in classrooms from preschool through Grade 12. You’ll have opportunities to experience diverse settings – including rural, urban, public, private and abroad. Here, you will integrate social justice practices, service-learning endeavors and interdisciplinary pursuits consistent with the Catholic, liberal arts and Norbertine intellectual traditions of St. Norbert College. 

At St. Norbert College, you can earn a bachelor’s degree and complete a teacher preparation program leading to certification in one of the following developmental levels:
  • Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (ages birth to 11)
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (ages 6 to 13)
  • Early Adolescence-Adolescence (ages 10 to 21)
  • Early Childhood-Adolescence (ages birth to 21)
Your experiences in the four-year teacher-education program will include:
  • Education courses beginning in your first year.
  • More than 200 hours of direct classroom contact with students from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.
  • Diverse student-teaching placements, including those in urban, suburban and rural areas, in public and private schools, and in schools abroad.
  • A 14-to-1 student-faculty ratio.
  • Additional opportunities to work with children in educational settings beyond those in the teacher-education program, such as the TRIPS service trip program and the Sturzl Center for Community Service & Learning.

A Teacher-Education Degree at Work
Teachers don’t just know the subjects they teach, they also know how children develop and grow; how learning varies from child to child; and how to manage, plan for and assess an entire classroom of students. A teacher-education major and/or certification will prepare you to teach in public or private schools and at grade levels ranging from preschool through high school. While most teachers work in schools, teachers can work in many other settings:

  • Higher education
  • After-school programs
  • Public libraries
  • Nonprofit organizations (i.e., the Boys and Girls Club)
  • Childcare centers
  • Museums
  • Environmental/outdoor learning centers
Exciting Opportunities Throughout Your Four Years
For one semester of your sophomore year, you’ll split your time between 10 weeks of study and five weeks in a high school or elementary setting (based on your concentration), teaching one-on-one with a certified teacher. We call this hands-on pre-student teaching field experience Sophomore Block.

In your junior year, you’ll do the same in a middle school setting.

During your senior year, you will go through a student-teaching experience. If you choose, half of your student-teaching can be done abroad – in Costa Rica or St. Lucia, Ghana or India, or perhaps Ireland, Scotland, England or New Zealand! About 40 percent of St. Norbert education majors teach abroad.

As a teacher-education student, you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

You also can gain exposure to the teaching profession as a member of Aspiring Educators and the Center for Urban Teaching Club.

Alumni Highlight

teacher tutors a student online

Hundreds of K-12 students from Arizona to New York took advantage of e-tutoring services offered by education students through a collaboration of private and public universities in Wisconsin.Three hundred-plus students at eight Wisconsin institutions, led by SNC, began providing free grade-appropriate online instruction when schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Within weeks, more than 500 students were placed with tutors, with a waiting list in place.

Chloe Steffel ’21 says her experiences so far have been wonderful: “I am able to get to know my students, their ability levels in the requested content areas, prepare lessons that help further that knowledge – not only using what I have learned in classes in working with them, but also using what I learn about them and their interests to tailor their learning to ways that make sense for them.”

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Student Perspective

“Hands down, the best part of the St. Norbert teacher-education program is the experience we get teaching in the schools. Beginning my freshman year, I was already in a classroom helping students through the Village Project where students volunteer at an “at risk” school for six hours a week working in the after school programs. During that time, you might help supervise recess or help them with their homework. Its an immersion experience that you wouldn’t get at another school. With each year I am getting more and more experience in the schools, helping me to be the best teacher that I can be someday.”

Laura Riegg ’20
Education major

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Alumni Highlight

Eric Cohoon Teaching

She's only been on the job for three months and Erin Cohoon '18 is already a rising star in the eyes of her students at Thomas Jefferson Junior High in Woodridge, Ill.

“As a middle school teacher it was my goal for them to come into this room and know it’s positive, that there are things that show how much they matter in the world. So they know this is a place where they are always welcomed and loved," says Cohoon.

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